Western Oklahoma Building Trades Scholarship


  • Union members, their spouses, or their children.
  • Traditional applicants must be concurrently-enrolled Oklahoma high school seniors, recent high school graduates who have completed two semesters of full-time academic or technology courses, or students continuing academic study after high school with one year of completed college.
  • Non-traditional applicants can be a union member or the spouse of a union member seeking to improve the quality of life through traditional training/study in a full-time academic or vocational program (20 years of age or older).
  • A spouse must be currently eligible to be on a union member’s insurance.
  • A child is defined as a birth child or legally adopted child who is a tax dependent and currently eligible to be on a union member’s insurance. A dependent who is eligible at the age of 23 remains eligible to apply if they are continuously enrolled in college.

Dependents of union members from participating unions can apply:

  • International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers Local #94 and #66
  • International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers Local #592
  • International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local #5
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Locals #444 and #1141
  • International Union of Elevator Constructors Local #63
  • International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Locals #48 and #584
  • Laborers’ International Union of North America Local #107
  • International Union of Operating Engineers Local #627
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Local #807
  • United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers Local #143
  • Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association Local #124
  • United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada Locals #344, #430 and #669
  • United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada Local # 798

This is a one-year $1,500 award with a competitive reapplication process each year.

Funds may be used for educational-related expenses such as tuition, fees and books at any academically accredited two-year, four-year or vocational technical nonprofit institution in the United States. Payments are made directly to the school. No more than six credit hours may be completed online each semester.

The Western Oklahoma Building Trades Scholarship Fund was established following the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building to provide scholarships for union members, their spouses or their dependents.

Supplemental Questions
  1. Union Local Name and Number
  2. Member Name
  3. Relationship to Union Member
  4. What will your college living arrangement be?
  5. Please describe your work history (Non-traditional applicants answer only).
  6. Describe someone who was important to you continuing your education and how they influenced you.
  7. Describe what difficulty will prevent you from achieving your educational goal? (Do not list money or finances). How will you deal with this difficulty? (Non-traditional applicants answer only).
  8. Please submit an essay on the following topic: Describe the solutions you would propose to improve or resolve a current issue, such as health care, the economy, discrimination or a current topic of your choice.
  9. Are you a concurrently enrolled high school senior at an Oklahoma college or vocational technology center? Please list the courses completed or in progress.
  10. Describe three activities outside the classroom that you value and explain how each contributed to your educational goals. (Please limit to 500 words.)
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